Published on May 25th, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds
Moffat’s Scottish Agenda?
Journalist, TV critic and die hard Who fan Paul Whitelaw has written an open letter to Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat pleading with him not to let the â€˜Scottish Agendaâ€™ get in the way of the nations favourite program.
Whitelawâ€™s comments poke fun at the media’s current predilection for “agenda setting” in Who.
What next? Will every other character the Doctor meets be a man from Paisley with hair like a scouring pad? Will the historical episodes featuring the likes of Agatha Christie and Shakespeare be replaced by thrilling adventures in which the Doctor whisks Amy back to Auchtermuchty in 1986 to witness The Proclaimers writing “Letter From America”? Or helping Bill McCue foil an alien attack during a live Hogmanay broadcast? If Wee Jimmie Krankie turns up as the Doctor’s son, then the game is surely a bogey (NB: never employ this phrase in Doctor Who).
This isnâ€™t the first time accusations of agenda setting have been thrown at the Who production team. During Russell T Daviesâ€™ reign, he was attacked for introducing homosexual and bisexual characters into a childrenâ€™s television show.
â€œI needn’t remind you that your predecessor, Mr Russell T Davies, was often accused (admittedly by mad people) of hijacking Doctor Who with his own gay agenda. Throughout the past five years, concerned homophobes have inundated the BBC with complaints that Davies was trying to corrupt our children by suggesting that some people in the universe might be gay.â€
The full, amusing letter can be read at ScottlandOnSunday.com and goes onto lambast Whoâ€™s series arches, its flying Dalek army finales and list his own bizarre suggestions for bring menace to mundane household objects and everyday occurrences (Personal favourite: Davros hiding in a nursery ball pit.)